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February 3, 2013

Mencken, Arkansas, Blondes

H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken

On this day in 1931, the Arkansas legislature passed a motion to pray for the soul of H. L. Mencken. One of Mencken’s Laws was “Nature abhors a moron,” and one of his favorite pastimes was to attack the South; upon finding itself elevated to “the apex of moronia,” Arkansas had apparently had enough. One spin-off from the Arkansas-baiting was Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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